Saturday, October 29, 2011

First Attempt at Invisible Zip

Another request for more cushion covers..... so I thought I'd go for something I've never tried before -- the invisible zip!  When I bought my new sewing machine, I also bought an invisible zip sewing foot, so this was the best time to try it out.

According to some online tutorials for sewing invisible zips,  I had to iron out the curl near the zipper for best results (here's an excellent tutorial with lots of pictures).  Other tutorials said that was unnecessary because that's what the invisible zip sewing foot is for -- to uncurl it while you sew so that you won't need to iron it beforehand.  The part about the special function of the invisible zip sewing foot made some sense to me so off I went, WITHOUT any pre-ironing.  Luckily everything turned out fine and here's the final result:

Now that I've tried it once, I think the ironing is necessary if you do not intend to buy additional sewing feet.  You can then use the normal zipper foot which usually comes together with the sewing machine.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My First Amigurumi Rabbit

It's completed!!!!  My very first amigurumi....... a cute little white rabbit!  Tell me what you think about it =)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another Year On...

Another year gone by, another year older... more and more things to learn.

Was rummaging through some of my old stuff a few days back and found lots and lots of partially-used wool, cloth, binding, etc etc etc. There was a whole big drawer full of these remanents from school days!  I was never much of a knitter nor crochet-er, why in the world did I buy so much wool??

Anyway,  since I found my crochet needle too, I decided to learn how to make amigurumi (crochet stuffed animals).  The ones I saw on the web were soooooo cute.  I started  by watching this tutorial and played and paused and played and paused until I figured out how to do it.  After several attempts (and several hours), I finally managed a decent looking ball shaped thingy with 2 beady eyes =)

Now I need to run to the craft store to buy needles to sew wool (what are these called?).  Hopefully, I'd get a decent looking amigurumi after patching everything together.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My New Reversible Bag

I finally got off my bum and started sewing my bag using the tutorial from verypurpleperson.  As for the choice of fabric, I settled on some cute red hippo cloth and a somewhat more "normal" rose fabric, both from Ikea.

Using the pdf pattern was really simple with markings to tell you exactly where to join up the pieces of A4 paper.  The original bag tutorial did not have any pockets, so I decided that this was a good time to learn how to sew zipper pockets and attach it to the basic bag pattern.

After a few hours of fiddling, here's my version of the reversible bag: